So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2003 - Reference - 242 pages
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The well-known publishing correspondent and self-described "readaholic" chronicles a year spent reading-and the surprises it brought.

In early 2002, Sara Nelson-editor, reporter, reviewer, mother, daughter, wife, and compulsive reader-set out to chronicle a year's worth of reading, to explore how the world of books and words intermingled with children, marriage, friends, and the rest of the "real" world. She had a system all set up: fifty-two weeks, fifty-two books . . . and it all fell apart the first week. That's when she discovered that books chose her as much as she chose them, and the rewards and frustrations they brought were nothing she could plan for: "In reading, as in life, even if you know what you're doing, you really kind of don't."

From Solzhenitsyn to Laura Zigman, Catherine M. to Captain Underpants, this is the captivating result. It is a personal memoir filled with wit, charm, insight, infectious enthusiasm-and observations on everything from Public Books (the ones we pretend we're reading), lending trauma and the idiosyncrasies of sex scenes ("The mingling of bodies and emotions and fluids is one thing. But reading about it: now that's personal") to revenge books, hype, the stresses of recommendation (What does it mean when someone you like hates the book you love?), the odd reasons we pick up a book in the first place, and how to put it down if we don't like it ("The literary equivalent of a bar mitzvah, the moment at which you look at yourself and announce: Today I am an adult."). Throughout, So Many Books, So Little Time is pure delight-a work at once funny, wise, and rueful: enough to make a passionate reader out of anybody.

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I loved this book. It was wonderful to discover that someone else agonizes about what book(s) to take on a trip, knowing the worst fate that can befall a reader is being without the right book. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Ack. Should've been great, but the author is part of the publishing 'clique' responsible for so much dreck that comes from neurotic & pretentious New Yorkers that I could condone neither her hypocrisy ... Read full review

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January
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A Word About Leo
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About the author (2003)

Sara Nelson is a senior contributing editor at Glamourand the publishing columnist for The New York Observer. She has also been an editor at Self, Inside.com, and the Book Publishing Report, and a contributor to many other publications, including The New York Timesand The Wall Street Journal.

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